What Can You Learn In 5 Minutes from Keith Urban?

What can you learn in 5 minutes from Keith Urban?

A lot actually. No, I didn’t take notes...on paper but I was really curious to see how this super star would interact with my friends and I. So this whole thing started with an idea: I wanted to meet one of my favorite guitar players. My sister bought me a membership to Keith’s fan club and right after they announced his tour dates they announced a contest in the fan club. AND I WON! This would be the first time I’ve ever had a long shot idea and it worked out.

We arrived in Houston the day of the concert and checked into the hotel. We decided to go for a quick swim before dinner...on the way to the pool Parker (my son) got a nose bleed (that ultimately ended the swimming early) and I got stung by a bee. Off to a great start! We met up with some friends for dinner before the concert and though the skies appeared clear something similar to a hurricane came through. A huge down pour that knocked out the power in areas of Houston...luckily it only delayed sound check for the concert and the show went on.

We met Keith before the concert and he was really nice. Hugged the ladies, shook the guys hands, got a group photo and then knelt down and talked to my son and asked if he could take a picture just with him. Parker obliged and I’m glad he will have this picture to look back on as he grows up. I then pulled out a guitar pedal from my pocket that he uses on his pedal board and told him I understood he couldn’t autograph the pedal (they told us before hand he couldn’t do autographs) but maybe we could take a picture. He quickly grabbed a sharpie and signed the pedal...then we took a picture of with it, he was amused. I also got a chance to tell him that I look up to him as a songwriter and that he had influenced me and my writing and I offered him a copy of my CD which he graciously took and then clarified which track was written using an approach I had heard him talk about in an interview. We said our goodbyes and made our way out. His crew had made custom t-shirts for us listing off all of us who had come as part of the contest...it was awesome and totally unexpected. Then there’s the show...

Dustin Lynch opened and was awesome, Little Big Town was so impressive, the harmonies are just as good live as on the CD and between DL and LBT the crowd was warmed up and ready for KU. Keith casually walked on stage, waived, and started playing...and playing...and playing. For 2 hours he rocked the house with his band. He never lost steam, his vocals were great and his interaction with the audience was great. He signed and gave away a guitar at the end of one song. He and his drummer and bass player played a set at the back of the pavilion halfway through the show so everyone truly had great seats! Now I have no idea if he plays 2 hour sets all the time, the video screen got soaked in Austin the night before and it had not dried out by concert time so I think he played a little extra. By the time the show was over and we were walking out I looked back to see that he was still standing at the front of the stage shaking hands and signing autographs. After two hours of working his rear off he was still standing and giving time to people. Obviously I have a high opinion of him but I think he’s earned it.

As though that wasn’t enough, the night got even awesomer. Former Dallas resident Chris LaCorte was playing guitar for Dustin Lynch. He came out after Little Big Town’s set and stuck around for the first half of Keith Urban’s set. I had a play by play of the guitar gear as well as year and model of every axe being played on every song. Once again...even awesomer.


So I left inspired and refreshed that a guy who comes off so down to earth on American Idol and interviews but to see that lived out in the backstage experience and the concert was great!







1 comment

  • Karen
    Karen Ashtabula, Ohio
    I loved reading about your expereince with Keith, I got to meet him in 2011 and found him to be so much of a feet planted firmly on the ground kind of man. He is amazing, I've always said Keith loves his fans as much as we love him, I don't know of anyone who takes the time to really listen when a fan talks to him. I find I love him more and more with everything he is and everything he does!!

    I loved reading about your expereince with Keith, I got to meet him in 2011 and found him to be so much of a feet planted firmly on the ground kind of man. He is amazing, I've always said Keith loves his fans as much as we love him, I don't know of anyone who takes the time to really listen when a fan talks to him. I find I love him more and more with everything he is and everything he does!!

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